Shar Hashamaim Synagogue
One of the few remaining testaments to Cairo’s once-thriving Jewish community, this art-nouveau-meets-ancient-Egypt Sephardic synagogue...
An ahwa dedicated to Kawkab al-Sharq, the ‘Star of the Orient’, a title for the famous Egyptian singer Umm Kolthum. Look for the huge...
Gad’s lighthouse logo is fitting: it’s a beacon in the night for hungry Cairenes. The ground floor is for takeaway: fiteer (flaky...
off Sharia 26th of July, Downtown · interesting places nearby
One of the seediest and most bygone-glory belly-dance venues is Palmyra, a cavernous, dilapidated 1950s dancehall in an alley off Sharia 26th of July. It has a full Arab musical contingent, belly dancers get (marginally) better the more money is thrown at them. It’s in a courtyard behind shopfronts; once back here, go under the marquee marked ‘Meame’.